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Dec 2, 2013 3:30pm PST
bill burton, who used to work in the obama white house, and we have the former governor from maryland, bob you recall c ehrlich. and brag on your book. check out the book. but look, you talk about hope and change. >> it's a slogan. >> we're all for success. >> if you're for success, why won't you stand with us? >> we're grading on a curve? i wish we had this curve in law school. i needed the curve. >> listen, we have made real progress. we're moving toward, i feel lying the healthier this gets, the sicker you guys look. this is fixable. >> and we're fixing it. >> that's the bad news. this is the part that's fixable. now we'll get to the numbers, to middle america, the middle class, we'll get to a sticker shock. >> you mean, the middle dallas will finally stop being discriminated against? kids will be able to get health care? >> higher deductibles, and you loose your doctor. >> in the private sector, the first 90 days of a website is called beta. you expect it to -- >> i have not gotten -- >> though nobody has fired. something is in charge, i hope, but forget that. i do think
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Dec 10, 2013 1:00pm PST
, former clinton white house chief of staff is coming on board the obama white house to become counselor. not exactly, maybe you know, being a white house correspondent, what exactly is he going to be doing? >> i think he's going to be trying to steady the ship over there. this guy has a long career in washington. he's done a lot of this work before in the clinton white house, for example. i think this is clearly the transfusion. the question is whether the transfusion before the amputation in terms of the white house staff. the president and other top aides have suggested that somewhere down the line, probably after they smooth out the wrinkles, putting it mildly for obama care, they would be open to looking at a review of the team, seeing who's playing well and who's not. i haven't heard anything about amputation yet but this is a very interesting transfusion. >> brand new q poll out this hour has president obama at a new historic low, 38% approval. they need to do something. >> look, he doesn't need to raise his approval ratings just for the sake of raising them. big change
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Dec 3, 2013 2:00am PST
of obama care and the white house will emphasize one benefit of the law each day until december 23rd, that is the deadline to sign up for coverage in january. >>> vice president joe biden is in japan this morning, the first stop on a week-long asia trip that includes visits to china and south korea. the vice president had planned to focus on trade and economic issues but suddenly he is finding himself to calm rising tensions in the region over the east china sea claimed by china and japan. the dispute intensified last week with china's claim of an airplane defense identification zone over these islands. >>> accusations this morning against syrian president bashar. the human rights chief says massive evidence collected over the course of the 33-month-old conflict in syria indicates asawed sad in war crimes and crimes against humanity. cnn's frederik pleitgen is following this for us and live in damascus. does this report name bashar al assad specifically? >> reporter: it doesn't name him specifically but does implicate him. the report says that these war crimes and crimes against huma
CNN
Dec 2, 2013 4:00pm PST
president obama a liar. today one republican senator said that the white house can't be trusted. >> i think the current administration has taken lying to a new level. >> but the president's supporters are sticking by his side. >> i think people trust this president. >> so, which side do you believe? out front tonight, a democratic pollster and republican strategist. thank you. thanks for coming on tonight. cornell, going to start with you. senat senat senat senator, today, jay carney was toutding the newly improved website announcing that 275,000 new visitors have been on healthcare.gov but no new numbers on how many have actually enrolled. and they're saying that the back end parts of the website are still not functioning properly. is the administration spin spilling into untruthful snus? >> a couple things. one is you've got to put this in sort of the partisan context that it is. this is also a guy who basically said that, you know, our deal with iran was a way to distract us from aca problems. so you've got to understand that the partisan trash can this garbage comes out of. this i
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Dec 7, 2013 2:00pm PST
reached in, quote, a timely manner. >>> well, the white house once said that president obama didn't know one of his uncles. turns out, he actually lived with him. briefly. is this a big deal? we'll tell you. that story next. we're aig. and we're here. to help secure retirements and protect financial futures. to help communities recover and rebuild. for companies going from garage to global. on the ground, in the air, even into space. we repaid every dollar america lent us. and gave america back a profit. we're here to keep our promises. to help you realize a better tomorrow. from the families of aig, happy holidays. life with crohn's disease ois a daily game of "what if's". what if my abdominal pain and cramps end our night before it even starts? what if i eat the wrong thing? what if? what if i suddenly have to go? what if? but what if the most important question is the one you're not asking? what if the underlying cause of your symptoms is damaging inflammation? for help getting the answers you need, talk to your doctor and visit crohnsandcolitisadvocates.com to connect with a pat
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Dec 6, 2013 10:00am PST
where it's very close and icy. alina, thanks very much. the white house had said president obama had never met with an uncle caught up in a deportation case, but it turns out the president did meet briefly with an uncle, lived with imhad when he was a young kid. find out how the press secretary at the white house is explaining this apparent contradiction. brian todd is standing by. stick with innovation. stick with power. stick with technology. get the new flexcare platinum from philips sonicare and save now. philips sonicare. #%tia[ life with crohn's disease ois a daily game of "what if's". what if my abdominal pain and cramps come back? what if the plane gets delayed? what if i can't hide my symptoms? what if? but what if the most important question is the one you're not asking? what if the underlying cause of your symptoms is damaging inflammation? for help getting the answers you need, talk to your doctor and visit crohnsandcolitisinfo.com to get your complimentary q&a book, with information from experts on your condition. the day building a play set begins with a surprise twinge
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Dec 7, 2013 4:00pm PST
days after the white house had to reverse course anding a knowledge that president obama did in fact know that his uncle lives in boston, his uncle who was cited for dui and had it fight deportation, the president is fighting more criticism of his management style. they say the president rarely, if ever, had a private meeting with katherine sebelius. she took responsibility for the obama care snafus. the white house has not said how many times sebelius did sit down face-to-face with the president. earlier i asked how this report reflects on the white house, the president and his management style. >> i was surprised this week when the president told chris matthews in an interview that he really didn't think he had to reflect upon his management style, everything was fine in the white house, the real problem was the fact that we have such large signatuagencies government, big bureaucracies, it's hard to get things down. he's the chief executive. he's had five years to address that issue if that's what he thinks. if he thinks a bureaucracy is a problem like this, why did he assign
CNN
Dec 7, 2013 11:30am PST
. >>> president obama is having a hard time explaining a meeting with controversial relative. for some time the white house has said the president never met with a kenyan uncle who was in the united states illegally. but now it has a new version of what happened. here's cnn's brian todd. >> reporter: fredericka, which is at an uncle of the president who has gone through some legal problems with immigration and other things. and it's about an impression the white house has given that it's keeping this uncle at arm's length. but white house aides now say they weren't doing that. he's a 69-year-old man who works at a liquor store near boston and is now kuth up in the president's political migraine. the man's name called omar, the president's uncle. the boston globe previously cited the white house as saying the president and his uncle had never met. but the white house press secretary now says this -- >> the president said that he, in fact, had met omar obama when he moved to cambridge for law school and he stayed with him for a brief period of time until his -- the president's apartment
CNN
Dec 6, 2013 2:00pm PST
was a revenge killing. white house reversal. officials come clean about president obama an his illegal immigrant uncle after denying they ever met. now a different story is emerging. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> just over 24 hours since the world first learned of nelson mandela's death in in south africa, emotions have been pouring out around the clock. this was the scene tonight, and it continues, even though it's now past 1:00 a.m. it's a similar scene in the township of so wetto where mandela lived until he was locked away for almost three decades. cnn's errol burnett is there for us. what is the mood right now? >> reporter: well, wolf, just take a look behind me and listen. the mood here continuing to be a jovial one as it has been all day, as south african comes to the former home of nelson mandela, where he lived during apartheid. and they're now singing songs of thanks and appreciation. this has been happening all day, this day one of south africa ace ten days of mourning for the passing of the late president. so wetto where i am now, will play a
CNN
Dec 9, 2013 5:00pm PST
together? >> actually they did, we're told by a white house official that the obamas and secretary clinton were in the conference room there at air force one, hanging out and actually exchanging stories about their encounters with nelson mandela. it would have been a fascinating conversation, because between the three contingents there, having these experiences with mandela that spanned three administrations. you know hour it is on a long flight, even if you don't like the person you're traveling with, i think you need a little down time. the obamas retired to their cabin, and secretary clinton retired to the senior staff cabin. >> and president clinton, former president carter, they're coming separately on different flights. so many world leaders. it is going to be very interesting, not only from a security standpoint, but just logistically, you have world leaders who do not communicate with the united states. >> yes, you do, and i think that is extraordinary. and by the way, these guys are making a 17-hour flight. it shows you how much they want to be here. the president of brazi
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Dec 6, 2013 2:00am PST
past and present. we heard from president obama last night. let's go to the white house now and hear from brianna keilar. this was a personal moment for barack obama who talked about the influence of nelson mandela when he was a young man. >> reporter: that's right, john. it was just huge. president obama was 19 years old when he first got involved with the anti-apartheid movement. the first time he gave what being call a political speech was back in 1981. he was a sophomore at occidental college when he spoke out against apartheid. for president obama, nelson mandela was a personal hero and personal idol who struggled his earliest ambitions. >> i am one of the first who grew inspiration from nelson mandela's life. my first political action, the first thing i ever did that involved an issue of policy or politics was a protest against apartheid. >> reporter: they met in person only briefly in 2005 before obama became president. the two leaders, each standing in history as the first black president of his nation, spoke occasionally by phone. president obama penned the forward for mande
CNN
Dec 8, 2013 1:00pm PST
issues with rem women are exactly the same. having said that, mitt romney beat barack obama by 14 points among white women. so democrats are not immune to challenges in that part of the electorate especially as the economy has struggled. ron brownstein, appreciate it. >> a heartfelt good-bye to actor paul walker. fans are gathering to honor him. we'll take you to his special tribute. my name is mike and i quit smoking. chantix... it's a non-nicotine pill. i didn't want nicotine to give up nicotine. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix (varenicline) is proven to help people quit smoking. [ mike ] when i was taking the chantix, it reduced the urge to smoke. [ male announcer ] some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix. if you notice any of these, stop taking chantix and call your doctor right away. tell your doctor about any history of depression or other mental health problems, which could get worse while taking chantix. don't take chantix if you've had a seri
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Dec 2, 2013 9:00pm PST
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Dec 2, 2013 2:00am PST
white house's deadline to fix the obama care website has passed but have the technical problems been fixed? what the obama administration is saying and what still needs to be done. >>> fury in the streets as thousand riot in ukraine and threatening to overcome that government. is revolution in the air? we are live. >>> welcome back to "early start." quite a situation there. i'm john berman. >> i'm zoraida sambolin. nice to have you with us this morning. >>> the ntsb investigators have recovered on so-called event recorders from a metro north commute train. that may help determine the cause of the deadly derailment in new york city. four passengers were killed. 67 others were injured when that train jumped the tracks just outside of a station in the bronx. this morning, metro north is beginning the process of getting those train cars upright. cnn's alexander field is live for us at the accident scene in the bronx. what can you tell us? >> reporter: the cranes are in place and crews are in place. they had to wait for the okay from the ntsb investigators. they will begin with the l
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Dec 2, 2013 1:00pm PST
obama marked world aids day at the white house just a short while ago, announcing some new research initiatives and giving credit to those who have fought for progress against the disease. >> it's the result of countless people, including so many of you working together. >> one of the people in the room sitting in a plum seat in the front row was microsoft co-founder bill gates, the co-chairman and trustee of the bill and melinda gates foundation, which has committed billions to hiv research and grants. he and his wife were just listed number one on the forbes list of america's top giveres, nearly $2 billion in 2012 alone. bill gates was kind enough to leave the white house to join us now. i really appreciate it. we have better hors d'oeuvres anyway. thank you for being here. >> great to be here. >> i want to start with your friend bono who has worked with you on the aids issue. he had some comments which raised some eyebrows over the weekend. this is what he said about the fight against aids. let's listen. >> there's a chance of having the first aids-free generation by 2015-2016. w
CNN
Dec 9, 2013 3:00am PST
. >>> president obama just minutes away from leaving the white house for a trip from south africa. he is one of four presidents expected to attend the memorial for nelson mandela. nearly 90 world leaders are scheduled to attend. hundreds left flowers and letters at the home where mandela has died. a south clone sheriff is refusing to do so. peckens county sheriff says flags should be lowered only for americans who sacrificed for their country. >>> stunning images out of brrksz soccer fans rioted in the stands on sunday. it shut down play for more than an hour after a key contest for two reserval brazilian teams. this is raising further questions ahead of the world cup there were concerns of fan violence, amazingly when four people were injured in all that of that chaos. >> you will probably recall the adventure 127 hours. he is expected in court this afternoon on domestic violence charges. he faces one count of assault and one count of wrongs to meerns. he was arrested in a woman's home. she has been arrested on the same charges. denver police have not released the exact sessions of t
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Dec 10, 2013 11:00am PST
president obama shaking the hand of cuban leader raul castro. now, the white house says this thing was not planned, but i can tell you it did not at all go over well with at least one republican lawmaker in washington. >> mr. secretary, sometimes a handshake is just a handshake. but when the leader of the free world shakes the bloody hand of a ruthless dictator like raul castro, it becomes a propaganda coup for the tyrant. raul castro uses that hand to sign the orders to repress and jail democracy advocates. >> our cnn chief international correspondent christiane amanpour and also chief national correspondent john king joing us in washington. christiane, you were there. when we talk about this castro/obama handshake, was that the most talked about, most fascinating moment that you saw there or that you heard about? >> well, it's become because everybody's talking about it, but to me it was all the people who had been allotted to speak amongst whom was raul castro. you saw obama kiss the president of brazil. they were all seated. obama had been under a covered way and had to come up the
CNN
Dec 3, 2013 9:00am PST
on wednesday. >> after being on defense for two months on obama care, the white house is now playing offense. the president was battered for two months with bad publicity over the failures of the health care.gov website. >> the white house says it's now time to promote the president's signature health care plan now that the website's fixed and apparently running pretty well. >> that's what they say. that it's running smoothly, but republicans who opposed the health care program came out swinging against the administration's efforts to renew hope in obama care. >> it's not just a broken website. this bill is fundamentally flawed. causing people to lose the doctor of their choice, causing them to lose their health plan, and if that isn't enough, they're having to pay higher prices at the same time. so house republicans will continue to listen to our constituents, listen to the american people and try to focus on protecting them from a fundamentally flawed law. >> this as a new poll a gallup poll shows young americans between 18 and 29 don't know much about the affordable care act. unfo
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Dec 7, 2013 3:00pm PST
delegation, an international human rights group that is chaired by kofi annan. >> the white house has backed away from a reported statement made two years that president obama had never met an uncle who lives near boston. it turns out the president not only knew the uncle, he actually once lived with him. why all the confusion? here's cnn's brian todd. >> reporter: he's a 69-year-old man who lives outside of boston. the "boston globe" previously cited the white house as saying the president and his uncle had never met. now the white house press secretary said this -- >> the president said he stayed with his uncle for a brief period of time until his apartment was ready. >> reporter: he said he said with him for three weeks. why the different accounts? >> back when this arose, folks looked at the president's book and there was no evidence that they met. >> jay carney said it was when he asked the president when he was told. critics of the white house say this speaks to a deeper credibility problem of the president and his staff not being forthcoming. >> so really, it was such an unforc
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Dec 6, 2013 3:00am PST
white house were lowered to half-staff. president obama spoke of the man who inspired him. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> reporter: and former presidents clinton, bush and carter united to mourn the leader, in cities across the nation, people coming together to honor the man who has become a global symbol for justice and humanity, a touching tribute lights a marquee at the legendary apollo theater in harlem where nelson mandela visited to his first trip to the u.s. in 1990. >> he came to the state office building, drew about 200,000 people out here that day. and those struggles that we have here in the united states, he was very familiar with and they were going through the same in south africa. >> reporter: news of his death traveled swiftly around the world. prince william and kate middleton heard the news while attending the premiere of the film "mandela: long walk to freedom." >> we are reminded how extraordinary nelson mand
CNN
Dec 3, 2013 3:00am PST
protected. >>> welcome back to "new day." is the cure for obama care just some good pr? the white house may think so, because they're launching a three-week campaign that will try to refocus the public on the benefits of obama care. an official tells cnn the president will kick off the effort this afternoon at the white house itself. senior white house correspondent brianna keilar is there with details. what's the pitch, brianna? >> reporter: the pitch, this is what president obama will be addressing today, chris, is focusing on the good things that obama care, the affordable care act as the administration has gone back to calling it, the positive effects it's had on real americans. there's still a lot of focus on the website. we understood yesterday that the expectation from the administration was 50,000 people would be able to access the site. that would be the capacity at one time. well, it turned out actually yesterday that it was somewhere in the 30,000 to 40,000 range when the website started becoming unavailable to some people. so not quite meeting that goal. we do understand there w
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Dec 7, 2013 6:30am PST
dermatologist about humira, today. clearer skin is possible. >>> our last president left the white house to become a painter, but president obama is hoping sports will fill his time after washington. here's the score. the president apparently hosting sport% center's top ten list. "the hollywood reporter" said that's what he told bob iger at a recent private dinner. disney, of course, owns espn. iger's response, he reportedly got a good giggle. >>> it's the biggest sporting event in the world. not talking about the olympics or super bowl, but the fifa cup. it kicks off next summer in brazil with the world watching some big brands are trying to score a piece of the action. cnn international correspondent jim bolden joins us with a look at the business of the world cup. hi, jim. >> reporter: christine, national soccer teams the world over spent two years fighting for a place in the world cup finals next year in brazil. and big brands, many of them american, compete with each other to spend millions of dollars to be associated with it. as teams from countries the world over were fighti
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Dec 5, 2013 2:00pm PST
president obama, and as you heard in the white house briefing room, he said nelson mandela is no longer with us, he is with the ages. president obama tried to visit nelson mandela over the summer when the president was traveling across africa. he was not able to do that, because nelson mandela was sick, but he was able to visit with the civil rights and anti-apartheid icon back in 2005 when barack obama was a member of the united states senate, and that was a meeting that has always stayed with p.m. many of the as a matter of fact arier this month he held a screening of a movie on nelson mandela's life here at the white house, where he also met with mandela's two daughters. >>> today he's gone home, lost one of the most inspirational, courageous, that any of us will share time with on this earth. >> the president of the united states speaking out. we've got some other guests, but mr. ambassador, you're here, you just heard jim acosta sources are now saying the president will go. the state funeral is on day ten of this period of mourning, the final day, right? that's when you expect most
CNN
Dec 10, 2013 10:00am PST
the inner circle. president obama adds a political heavyweight to his white house team. what can the former clinton chief of staff do to help it the current administration and the president. >> i'll speak with our own ron brownstein about john podesta. he's back in the white house. stand by. chevy year end event is a great time to buy an all-new silverado. this interior is incredible! the nav is perfect for my long trips up north this time of year. how far up north? akron. akron's nice. mm. [ male announcer ] chevy's giving more this holiday season, chevy's giving more during the calendar year end event. trade up to the all-new 2014 silverado all star v6 for a total value of $5,250. see your local chevy dealer today. you may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec-d®. powerful relief of nasal congestion and other allergy symptoms -- all in one pill. zyrtec-d®. at the pharmacy counter. and other allergy symptoms -- all in one pill. i'm bethand i'm michelle. and we own the paper cottage. it's a stationery and gifts store. anything we purchase for the paper cottage goes on our ink c
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Dec 9, 2013 4:00pm PST
word in. if obama can sneak it in without being taped doing it, he might try it. >> i heard a story from somebody in charge of white house security who was telling me about an event like this that provided an opportunity for a high-ranking u.s. official to meet with a u.s. enemy, but it did provide an opportunity that never would have been there before there was an opportunity for actual diplomacy. of course, on the other hand, as you pointed out, such things can be considered huge mistakes. there was the incident when president obama in 2009 was seen taking a picture, was taking a picture of him shaking hands hu. if cameras aren't around it might be with it. but if they are, to be avoided. >> exactly. you know, this is really a day where everybody's supposed to honor nelson mandela. i'm not sure it's a day of world foreign policy-making for nations. but as i mentioned, face time between world leaders is always beneficial if you can do it the right way. but we view cuba as our enemy, this is not the time for president obama to be embracing him. nelson mandela was great friends with
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Dec 9, 2013 11:00pm PST
. however, away from cameras' glare, they might be able to get a word in. if obama can sneak it in without being taped doing it, he might try it. >> i heard a story from somebody in charge of white house security who was telling me about an event like this that provided an opportunity for a high-ranking u.s. official to meet with a u.s. enemy, but it did provide an opportunity that never would have been there before there was an opportunity for actual diplomacy. of course, on the other hand, as you pointed out, such things can be considered huge mistakes. there was the incident when president obama in 2009 was seen taking a picture, was taking a picture of him shaking hands with hugo chavez. if cameras aren't around it might be with it. but if they are, to be avoided. >> exactly. you know, this is really a day where everybody's supposed to honor nelson mandela. i'm not sure it's a day of world foreign policy-making for nations. but as i mentioned, face time between world leaders is always beneficial if you can do it the right way. but we view cuba as our enemy, this is not the time
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Dec 9, 2013 10:00am PST
room on board air force one, the obamas as well as formser president george w. bush and first lady laura bush and former secretary of state hillary clinton, also, of course, the former first lady and all were told we're told by a white house official discussing their various experiences with nelson mandela which span over three administrations. so quite a conversation you'd want to be a fly on the wall for. we are expecting, as well, that president obama may be touching base with nelson mandela's wife gra gracamachel, certainly something he's interested in doing. this is a such a logistical feat when you think of all these world leaders going to south africa and how big an effort this is to get president obama there. because mandela has been ill for so long, unfortunately, this is something they had some time to plan for. >> there could be a little diplomatic awkwardness on the podium. the program has been released by the south african government. we see president obama will pay special tribute. these are tributes by foreign dignitaries. six selected. the leaders from the u.s., bra
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Dec 2, 2013 3:00am PST
"new day, request itself the white house says the obama carry website is fixed. dr. sanjay gupta is paying the site a house call. he will let us know how healthy it really is. and he will tell you ability a concern he has that no one is talking about. >>> also ahead, a woman survives a harrowing plane crash and finds the strength to hike through wilderness to get help. her incredible story coming up. . t medicare d plan. no one could have left this much money here. whoo-hoo-hoo! yet many seniors who compare medicare d plans realize they can save hundreds of dollars. cvs/pharmacy wants to help you save on medicare expenses. talk to your cvs pharmacist, call, or go to cvs.com/compare to get your free, personalized plan comparison today. call, go online, or visit your local store today. ...are the hands that do good things for the whole community: the environment, seniors, kids, and animals. that's why we created the share the love event. by the end of this year, the total donated by subaru could reach 35 million dollars. you get a great deal on a new subaru. we'll donate 250 dollars t
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Dec 2, 2013 2:00pm PST
white house now says the troubled obama care website finally is working as it was intended to, but does that mean it is now fixed? let's go to our senior white house correspondent, jim acosta. what are they saying about healthcare.gov on this day, jim? >> reporter: at times it seemed like cybermonday for healthcare.gov as the retooled obama care website saw a crush of online shoppers, but the website placed many of them in what seemed like a virtual waiting room. after a frantic effort to create a new and improved healthcare.gov, the white house appeared to declare victory, sort of. >> the president believes that the site has been significantly improved. but the work is not done. >> reporter: case in point, as a whopping 800,000 visitors are estimated to surge on to the site today, many found not an error message but a new queueing system that allows users to leave an e-mail address so they can be contacted later with a better time to log on. >> is today sort of a cybermonday for healthcare.gov? is that going to be acceptable if that's the norm for a lot of people for an extended p
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Dec 8, 2013 7:00am PST
30th, tom donyell -- mr. obama's national security advisor. he is now a distinguished fellow at the council on foreign relations. he joins me to talk about recent developments and the issues he was deeply involved in at the white house from iran to winding down the war in afghanistan to mitigating tensions between china and japan. welcome back to the show. >> great to see you. >> let's 23irs talk about iran, you were deeply involved in this whole policy, it appears that what we're saying is we need iran to essentially shut downing parts of its nuclear program so that it cannot have the kind of breakout capacity that -- he says we are not going to dismantle a single thing, we're willing to freeze, we're willing to have everything monitored, but no dismantling, how do you bridge those two positions? >> the reason we're here is the enormous pressure that was put on -- president rowhani took a max mallist stand. they're going to have to assure the international community in very concrete, verifiable and solid ways that they're not working on a nuclear weapon. >> that means rolling back
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Dec 5, 2013 2:00am PST
next year. >>> the white house is in full holiday mode. first lady michelle obama showing off the decorations. the visitors the next two weeks will be treated to the portuguese waterdogs ornament made out of black satin ribbons. one of the real first dogs sonny got a little excited yesterday knocking down a 2-year-old girl visiting from alabama! can you believe it? this is like the biggest white house scandal? no. >> look at that! >> that is the one where it looks nice. the next one, she ends up on the ground. >> she has a lasting memory there. they are all talking about it. >> the dog is bigger than she is. >> there she is on the ground! he decked her! >> he did not deck her. just a big dog. >> george w. bush had barney. >> she gets a hug from the first lady. it's all better. all better. >> i hope that girl doesn't have bad dreams of that nasty dog. >>> coming up, a celebrity chef airing her dirty laundry in court. lawson is opening up about her drug use and got to say a whole lot more as she tries to prove two sisters swindled her out of a million dollars. we are live in london
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Dec 8, 2013 9:00am PST
. if you look at president obama's economic speech, the part i like the best is his emphasis on addressing the long-term unemployment problem. he said he was going to meet with a bunch of executives at the white house soon and announce a new program. i'm quite eager to see what he says there. >> that you get a tax credit for hiring someone who has been unemployment for a certain time. >> these folks are really in trouble and the good unemployment news doesn't really affect the long-term -- >> but we should do both. we should help the folks that are still in trouble. kevin is right, there's an element that's there because of the ui program. >> and people that stay unemployed because they can get enough from unemployment. >> there's a lot of academic work and research, but my estimates a percentage is due to ui benefits. kevin is right, we have to work on long term structural unemployment -- >> but i want to say i disagree that we should do both in the following sense. that what we should do, if you want to give more money to the people who are currently unemployed, just give them
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Dec 3, 2013 1:00pm PST
the white house says they will plug different benefits that you can get through obama care with help from democrats and progressive action groups. even though we've heard more insurance pitches from the president in the last few months than buill murray endured in "groundhog day." >> just visit healthcare.gov. >> funny you should mention your health because -- >> deal is good. the prices are low. >> i sell insurance. >> what a shock. >> they're leaving a million people now without health insurance. >> i got the feeling you ain't got any. >> people want affordable health care. >> oh, ned ryerson. even if the president succeeds in his career as an insurance salesman over the next three weeks, there are a lot of big questions about the implementation of his law. joining me now from the white house, david, senior deputy adviser to the president. david, thanks so much for joining us. i appreciate it. i want to start by asking you about some obama administration e-mails cnn obtained from before the healthcare.gov launch. it suggests the e-mails that they're individuals in the government an
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Dec 9, 2013 2:00pm PST
that hard-won deal, at least potentially. jim sciutto is watching what's going on. i know the obama administration is very concerned what these members of the senate are planning on doing. >> no question. this puts congress on a direct collision course with the white house. as you know, they have been lobbying hard, the administration has been lobbying hard against it, secretary kerry, including sending a video message over the holidays arguing against sanctions, saying that will in effect scuttle this deal. what we're seeing now, that intense lobbying campaign appears to have fallen on deaf ears, even among members of the president's own party. with the ink barely dry on the historic nuclear deal with iran, today the iranian foreign minister pronounced it dead if congress passes more economic sanctions. the entire deal is dead, he told "time" magazine. we do not like to negotiate under duress. even so, sources tell cnn republican and democratic senators are close to doing exactly that, nearing agreement on a bill to impose new sanctions within six months unless iran ships all stock
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Dec 3, 2013 4:00pm PST
the republican plan. let people sign up for his plan. >> but it is call obama care for better or worse. the white house is now going back and forth about whether or not that was a great idea to call that it but it is. he won't change it unless the bottom really falls out. >> he can't go on national television today and say send me your plan. we sent him a plan four years ago and then he won't accept our plan. >> let's play. that did he issue a challenge to republicans today. >> i've always. i will work with anybody to implement and improve this law effectively. you got good ideas? bring them to me. let's go. but we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. >> so you presented a different health care proposal four years ago. do you have a proposal to improve the law that exists right now? >> it is a totally different concept. if the president wanted to take us -- if he took us up on our offer. i'm speaking totally out of turn here. if they want to take our bill and endorse and it pass it, you have two separate health care plans out there. you have obama care and this free mark
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Dec 4, 2013 3:00am PST
is this re-introduction of obama care going so far, brianna? >> reporter: the white house seems to think it's going well so far. but they also acknowledge the real proof is going to be in the december enrollment numbers. that's really their focus now that they're turning the page from the troubled website. >> one road block down, partially anyway. but the path ahead is still uphill. >> every day i check to make sure that it's working better. and, you know, we've learned not to make wild promises about how perfectly smooth it's going to be at all times. >> reporter: president obama kicking off another push to sell his signature health care law to a skeptical public. >> i need you to spread the word about the law, about its benefits, about its protections, about how folks can sign up. tell your friends, tell your family. >> reporter: as the white house spends the next three weeks trying to convince americans there's more to obama care than the fumbled rollout, a powerful ally talked to cnn espanol. >> i don't think you can find anybody harder that went out of his way to explain the b
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Dec 3, 2013 11:00am PST
distance his wife and her potential white house candidacy from any obama care headaches. here he was. >> i was trying to be supportive of it. i don't think you can find anybody in america who worked harder for his re-election or support of this bill or went out of the way to explain the bill more than i did. there's no politics there. i didn't say anything until he talked. i'm trying to be supportive. i do think we have to get the website up and we have to work. is it confined to the website? that's the biggest problem because if the website is working and everybody can see what their options are, then in most states, most people will have a good option, which will be the same or less costly than the one they had before that will cover the same or more conditions. so, i think it will be all right. but, know there was no politics involved. >> when asked if hillary clinton will run for president because you know that is the question that bill clinton continues to get, his answer, three words, i don't know. but he did say, he likes joe biden and if biden is the democratic nominee, he wo
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Dec 10, 2013 2:00pm PST
and now a shakeup in the white house. president obama's turning to a man who has been through it before, john podesta, who was chief of staff to bill clinton during his impeachment crisis. can he help steer another democratic president down a very bumpy road? let's begin our coverage with our senior white house correspondent, brianna keilar. brianna, tell us what podesta's role will be. >> reporter: his title, wolf, will be counselor to the president. it's a key advisory role and podesta is expected to be very influential. the deal that he struck with white house chief of staff dennis mcdonnough is to be at the white house for just one year, a sign of just how important president obama thinks 2014 will be to his legacy as he tries to tackle immigration reform and tries to get obama care back on track. failed gun legislation, stalled immigration reform. the government shutdown and one very, very bad health care reform rollout. his approval rating is at record lows. it's been a rough year for president obama and he needs to turn his presidency around. >> my friend john podesta -- >
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Dec 4, 2013 4:00pm PST
. . >>> christmas at the white house and at least one way kind of just like christmas at your house. today in keeping with tradition, first lady michelle obama hosted a tree decorating party for military families from across the country. the festivities included old and new ornaments and 24 christmas trees. the first lady brought the white house dogs, beau and the new puppy sunny out for the occasion and that's when they literally ran into trouble. it seems the excitement of the season was obama's newest dog. sunny was too on mated. the small girl took a step back from the playful puppy and took a tumble. the other guests were concerned and fortunately, she was fine. she popped up to continue in the fun. sounds just like my house. we'll be right back. [ paper rustles, outdoor sounds ] ♪ [ male announcer ] laura's heart attack didn't come with a warning. today her doctor has her on a bayer aspirin regimen to help reduce the risk of another one. if you've had a heart attack, be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. if --ucaptions by vitact--ck, be sur www.vitac.comu
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Dec 2, 2013 9:00am PST
white house is giving the new and improved obama care website some positive reviews. the obama administration says the healthcare.gov site is running smoothly for the vast majority of users. >>> and right now, president obama is getting ready for a speech marking world aids day. activists are calling for more money to combat hiv
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Dec 3, 2013 6:00am PST
. . white house getting ready to roll out a new obama care campaign. brianna keilar is at the white house this morning. >> reporter: with some improvements to affordable health care website under his belt, is he making a pitch again. is it too soon? a live report is coming up. 1ñp farmer: hello, i'm an idaho potato farmer. and our giant idaho potato truck is still missing. so my dog and i we're going to go find it. it's out there somewhere spreading the good word about idaho potatoes and raising money for meals on wheels. but we'd really like our truck back, so if you see it, let us know, would you? thanks. what? i use my citi thankyou card to get 2x the points at the coffee shop.at the office, which will help me get to a beach in miami and they'll be stuck at the cube farm. the citi thankyou preferred card. now earn 2x the points dining out, with no annual fee. go to citi.com/thankyoucards millions have raised their hand for the proven relief of the purple pill. and that relief could be in your hand. for many, nexium helps relieve heartburn symptoms from acid reflux disease. find out ho
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Dec 5, 2013 6:00am PST
hands. president obama fought to keep his blackberry when he got to the white house. now another reason he won't be switching to the iphone. >>> plus this -- >> we're going to see our milk prices double. and that means that that price is going to have to be passed on to the consumer. >> shoppers be warned, keeping milk in your fridge may soon cost you double. if congress doesn't get its act together. second hour of "newsroom" starts now. good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for join iing me. gdp came in at 4.63%, much higher than expected but it may not be as strong as some had hoped. good morning. >> good morning, carol. two good economic reports, 2.63% growth in the third quarter driven in large part because companies were stocking their shelves, getting ready for holiday sales. 3.46% is the best we've seen in a year and a half and stronger than people expected. jobless claims report has slowed dramatically. it might have been distorted a little bit by thanksgiving, economists are telling me this morning. it's two upbeat economic reports. why are stocks not happy that t
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Dec 6, 2013 1:00pm PST
out you can find hateful stuff on the white house's website as well, one writing mandela was a well-mannered demon in the flesh. cruz's comments got more likes on his page than obama's got on that page. is this something we should even be paying attention to? or is this just the bathroom wall of the internet? >> frankly, we shouldn't be paying attention to it. let's hold ted cruz, let's hold people on facebook and twitter accountable for what they say, not for what followers say. also, keep in mind they're not all friends. some may be enemies. look, you tweet, we all tweet. you can tweet the earth is round and get hateful trolls saying terrible things. so this is -- >> no, no, i'm not implying any way ted cruz is responsible at all for what people write on his facebook page. i think what's interesting about it, if anything, is the fact that these are conservatives upset with ted cruz and that doesn't happen. >> how do you know they're conservatives? maybe they are liberals pretending to be conservative. you don't know. on twitter and facebook? you don't know who that is. >> if they
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Dec 6, 2013 6:00am PST
united states white house flags were lowered on the order of president obama. up on capitol hill house speaker john boehner issued a similar request. in johannesburg crowds have been gathering since mandela's death was announced. arwa damon is on the scene for us. there's been a flurry of emotions from mourners, some in tears, others celebrating the life of their beloved former leader through song and dance. tell us what you are seeing and hearing. ♪ >> reporter: well wolf, this is still a country that is very much processing what has taken place, and if you just take a look, this has been the atmosphere here in johannesburg outside of nelson mandela's home where he did spend his final months and weeks and moments, when he was under intensive care, passing away in the house just down the street here, and this has become something of a makeshift gathering point for all involved, there's been a lot of singing, dancing, chanting, a lot of celebrating at this stage, a man to whom this nation everyone we've spoken to will tell you owes just about everything. we've spoke on it a number of
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Dec 4, 2013 2:00am PST
sea. >>> the obama administration says it is prepared to allow iran to engage in a limited nuclear enrichment program. but that applies only to the nation's peaceful energy needs. in a statement released tuesday, the white house says it will negotiate with tehran as long as it holds up its end of the agreement to curtail its nuclear capabilities under tight oversight. this is the first time the u.s. has explicitly said that iran has the right to enrich. >>> yasser arafat was not the victim of poisoning according to tests by french forensic scientists. that contradicts a report. they found he was killed by radioactive polonium. >> this will not put the conspiracy theorys to rest. >>> eight minutes after the hour. coming up, a celebrity chef in a heated courtroom battle. did two sisters steal millions from thnigella lawson? we're live in london. >>> an incredible rescue. a man trapped for days underwater. >> this sais an amazing video. tweet us the "early start" rhyme if you rhyme with jacoby ellsbury. #morningrhy #morningrhyme. tap of my geico app. oh, that's so cool. well, i would
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Dec 8, 2013 6:00am PST
problem i think is the wrong thing to focus on. if you look at president obama's economic speech, the part i liked the best is the emphasis on addressing the long term unemployment problem. he said he was going to meet with a bunch of executives at the white house soon and announce a new program. i'm eager to see what he says there. that's something that i think -- >> get a tax credit for hiring someone that's been unimploempl. >> these folks are really in trouble. >> we should do both, right? we should help the folks that are still in trouble. kevin is right, there is an element of the unemployment rate that is there because of the ui program. but even given that, it's been -- >> people that stay unemployed because they can get enough from unemployment. >> yes. there is a lot of research and debate. but my estimates, 10.2 3% of unemployment is due to the ui program. the net benefit of this is very significant. kevin is right. we have to work on long term employment. >> i just say that i disagree we should do both in the following sentence. what we should do, if you want to give
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Dec 9, 2013 11:00am PST
. that was 2005. air force one took off with president and mrs. obama, george w. and laura bush, former secretary of state hillary clinton, taerg eric holder, and susan rice, all on that plane. the white house said the president is working on his eulogy during the flight. other world leaders going to south africa include ban ki-moon, fran swan holaund, and david cameron. among the other dignitaries to pay their respects, bono, oprah, prince charles, former president jimmy carter, and republican senator ted cruz. a short time ago, archbishop desmond tootoo paid homage to his home in the johannesburg suburbs. >> everybody was saying we would have gone up in flames. and he was like, he really was like a magician. he really was like a magician, with a magic wand. turning us into this glorious multicolored rainbow people. >> cnn's senior international correspondent arwa damon is in johannesburg with a look at the extraordinary preparations involved ahead of tomorrow's memorial service. >> these men have been asked not to be identified for their safety. they're part of an elite task f
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Dec 3, 2013 2:00pm PST
. >>> now to your health and obama care. the white house is making a big push to promote the health care law. >> the president of the united states, barack obama u. >> reporter: it felt like a campaign event. because president obama is in a race he just might lose, the race to rescue obama care from its disastrous rollout. >> today, the website is working well for the vast majority of users. >> reporter: surrounded by supporters, the president conceded that the rollout has clouded projections. >> every day i check to make sure that it's working better. and, you know, we've learned not to make wild promises about how perfectly smooth it's going to be at all times. >> reporter: and he issued a warning. >> we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. >> reporter: that was aimed at republicans who say that the president's rebranding effort is too little too late. >> we know that obama quare is still plagued with problems. and every american deserves relief from it. >> reporter: but more americans are signing up, like cnn "i-report"er mike meekens. a small business owner himself. >>
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Dec 2, 2013 6:00am PST
come in the "newsroom the obama care site on the mend. brianna keilar at the white house this morning. >> hi there, carol. the obama administration says it has met its goal and healthcare.gov is running a whole lot smoother. but there's still a lot of problems as well i'll have a live report in just a moment. ke. i use my citi thankyou card to get 2x the points at the coffee shop.at the office, which will help me get to a beach in miami and they'll be stuck at the cube farm. the citi thankyou preferred card. now earn 2x the points dining out, with no annual fee. go to citi.com/thankyoucards you can fill that box and pay one flat rate. i didn't know the coal thing was real. it's very real... david rivera. rivera, david. [ male announcer ] fedex one rate. simple, flat rate shipping with the reliability of fedex. >>> it's like the difference between night and day, how the man in charge of fixing the obama care website describes the experience for people who sign up now after that self-imposed deadline to get the site working for the majority of users. the obama administration under heavy
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Dec 6, 2013 11:00am PST
actually more likes than president obama's statement on his white house facebook page which is not surprisingly, much more popular than the ted cruz facebook page, given that he's the president. also, at the white house page, you can find a lot of nasty invective but you expect that conservatives would lash out against president obama, not so much against ted cruz. >> sure. but do we think, to use your metaphor of the proverbial bathroom wall of the internet, do we think ted cruz is reading this stuff and responding? >> well, there is a response from his office, which is mr. mandela deserves to be remembered and honored for his sacrifices in pursuit of freedom, for the oppressed and his historic achievements to that end. that's from a spokeswoman, ka katherine frazier. he's aware there has been a negative response from some conservatives. he got similar not as negative, but some negative response when he supported the gillibrand amendment that had to do with sexual assault in the military, a complicated bill we can talk about at another time, but he also got brush back from conserv
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